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Sunday 19 November 2017

EURO 2012 as it stands


A hard-fought 2-1 success

over Austria on Friday night means that Germany maintained their 100pc record, while Turkey sit a just a point behind second-placed Belgium with a game in hand following their 1-1 draw in Brussels. Guus Hiddink's men play Azerbaijan tomorrow.


Slovenia's 2-0 win over Brian Kerr's Faroe Island's lifts them above Serbia in the race to finish second behind runaway leaders Italy, who beat Estonia 3-0. It could all come down to the final game in October when the Serbs visit Slovenia.


Belarus held France to a draw on Friday, but they really needed a win if they were going to challenge Laurent Blanc's men for first spot. Romania's 3-0 win at home to Bosnia and Herzegovina brings them into contention for second, a point behind Belarus.


Runaway leaders Holland were idle in this round and Sweden's 4-1 win in Moldova means they can get within three points of the Dutch if they win their game in hand against Finland tomorrow. Third-placed Hungary can stay in touch with a win over San Marino.


Wins for the top three, Greece, Croatia and Israel, means it's as you were with the Greeks a point ahead of the others at the top. Their visit to Israel in September will go a huge way to deciding a tight group that has plenty of time to run.


England's slip at home to Switzerland was made a little better by Montenegro's 1-1 draw at home to Bulgaria. That result means the English are tied with the Montenegrans at the top of the group and they still have to go to Podgorica.


Another three-way tie at the top as Portugal's 1-0 win at home to Norway, thanks to Helder Postiga, was music to the Danes' ears as they won 2-0 in Iceland. All three sides are on 10 points with five games played and Denmark have the tougher run-in.


It's as you were for runaway leaders Spain and second-placed Czech Republic as Leichtenstein's first competitive win in four years -- 2-0 over Lithuania -- had little impact on qualification.

Irish Independent

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